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Going for Gold in the Churchyard

posted 10 Apr 2015, 10:22 by John Goldring   [ updated 10 Apr 2015, 11:47 ]

At work in the churchyard

Over the last few years we have made some significant improvements to our churchyard: the development of the Community Garden, the wildflower meadow and St George's Wildlife Garden. We've also tackled some big pruning and path edging jobs.

We often get encouraging and positive comments from people passing through - but this year we want to see what the experts think! We have entered the Lichfield Diocese Churchyard Award Scheme. Judges will visit any time between the beginning of May and the end of August and will assess the churchyard asking questions such as: Are the paths, grass and beds well kept? Are the trees pruned? Are there nature friendly features like bird boxes? Are graves well maintained and dead flowers removed?

We hope to do well but with a 7 acre churchyard it's a big job and we need lots of help! Could you help out at Saturday morning churchyard gardening*? Or do some mowing or litter picking in the week (email Or make an extra effort to keep a family grave in tip top condition?

With your help, you never know, we might even scoop a Gold Award.

* The next dates for Churchyard Gardening are 11 April and 2 May, 10am to 12noon. Just come along. No experience necessary. See the Diary on the home page for future dates.